By Rupal Panchal B.Sc RMT
August 22nd, 2019
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “how often should I get a massage?” This can be a tough question to answer as there are many factors to take into account. With our busy and hectic schedules, it can be hard to find time for ourselves let alone book in an appointment.
Let me first briefly explain the benefits of massage therapy then I’ll explain how often one should book in.
In my opinion, the number one benefit of massage is increased blood circulation. Many of us work on computers, sitting for long periods. As a result, it wreaks havoc on our circulation. Meanwhile, the treatment your registered massage therapist (RMT) will use various techniques to get all that stagnant blood, lymph and energy flowing.
Another benefit of massage is relaxation. For instance, regular visits to your therapist can definitely help patients managing stress. It can also help with decreasing tightness and stiffness in our joints and muscles. Whether it’s tightness and stiffness resulting from work, sports, injuries or just aging, massage therapy will surely help to reduce, if not get rid of it.
Now, going back to our original question. How often YOU should get a massage requires looking inward and assessing your body and what it needs.
Often people wait until something starts to hurt or feel off before they seek treatment. By that point the tightness has developed and other structures have been implicated because they are compensating.
I always encourage my patients to come in for regular appointment because if there’s any tightness developing I can find it and start to work on it before it becomes a problem. In other words, I firmly believe that regular massage is a great way to help keep those pesky aches and pains at bay.
“Even the healthiest person, a person who has no issues with pain, sleep, stress, work or anything, should try and book in a massage once every 3-4 months.”
Patients who like to get into a maintenance program, especially after healing from an injury, will often get a massage once a month or every other month. Check the conditions we treat.
The individuals who are dealing with chronic (long-lasting) stress and tightness should try and get a massage once or even twice a month. In addition, your RMT will give you exercises and self-care to do at home in between treatments.
For those dealing with an acute (urgent) issue, it would best if they came in for a massage once a week until the issue subsides. Of course with appointments as frequent as once a week I will often tell my patients to shorten the duration of their massage.
To sum up, time and money are usually the main reasons that prevent people from getting regular massages. More importantly, we should think about how much we use, abuse and demand from our bodies every day. We all need to carve out time to take care of ourselves and massage is a great way to support healing, relaxation and self-care.
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